Spirit in the Desert Virtual Books

Inspiration  ♦   Fiction  ♦   Non-Fiction

Spirit in the Desert Bookstore has Gone Virtual!

Finally…we have now assembled our Virtual Bookstore recommendations! We’ll do these monthly, 3 categories: Faith-Based, Fiction, and Non-Fiction. We’ll share the reads and recommendations from staff, our Board of Directors, our Faith Mentors, etc. Recommending a book can be exhausting as you have to think, “who’s my audience?”  So using these 3 categories, we’ll toss out some of our best-reads and feel free to comment. Also feel free to share a book you’d think others would like to read as well.

A Few Things Remain… Yes, our physical bookstore is gone, but some of our best-selling items remain: our 5×7 photography greeting cards and post cards made for us by Cyndy Warnier, our very own staff member, as well as her matted photography-ready for framing-in a variety of sizes is also available. The Lenten and Advent Devotionals, a seasonal item, will also be featured in the Estrem Welcome Lobby. Steve Holm, our writer of these devotions and our online Daily Devotions, will soon have his favorite devotions in a collection for sale at Spirit and also online orders. Watch for this new feature on our website! Steve’s devotions are life-changing, life-giving meditations that make great gifts for friends and family!

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Faith Inspiration!

Everyday Spirituality is from the creative mind and pen of Rev. Jim Hazelwood (Bishop of the New England Synod-ELCA). In this conversational, thoughtful and at times humorous book, James Hazelwood helps you discover that much of your everyday, so-called ordinary life, is actually quite spiritual. You’ll finish this book with a whole new perspective on life, and a lot less guilt about what you should be doing. Jim says this is a great book for people who have left the church, never went, or are still hanging on.

Scars Across Humanity: Understanding and Overcoming Violence Against Women, by Elaine Storkey. A Christianity Today 2019 Book of the Year Award, Politics and Public Life. Across the globe, acts of violence against women produce more deaths, disability, and mutilation than cancer, malaria, and traffic accidents combined. The truth is that violence on such a scale could not exist were it not structured in some way into the very fabric of societies and cultures themselves. Elaine Storkey offers a rigorously researched overview of this global pandemic.

Christian Hospitality and Muslim Immigration in an Age of Fear by Matthew Kaemingk. In the last fifty years, millions of Muslims have migrated to Europe and North America. Their arrival has ignited a series of fierce public debates on both sides of the Atlantic about religious freedom and tolerance, terrorism and security, gender and race, and much more. How can Christians best respond to this situation? In this book theologian and ethicist Matthew Kaemingk offers a thought-provoking Christian perspective on the growing debates over Muslim presence in the West. Rejecting both fearful nationalism and romantic multiculturalism, Kaemingk makes the case for a third way—a Christian pluralism that is committed to both the historic Christian faith and the public rights, dignity, and freedom of Islam.

Fiction

Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens. “A painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature….Owens here surveys the desolate marshlands of the North Carolina coast through the eyes of an abandoned child. And in her isolation that child makes us open our own eyes to the secret wonders—and dangers—of her private world.”—The New York Times Book Review. A #1 Best Seller-NY Times 2019. A book to ‘touch the sense’ and delightful, fanciful fiction!

The Lottery, by D. K. Wall. Every small town has its secrets. This one could tear his world apart. Still haunted by a deadly accident that severed his closest friendships, Nathan Thomas hopes his bad luck is well behind him. He is grateful for a loving family, a steady factory job in a town where work is scarce, and close friendships.  A #1 Best Seller-NY Times 2019. The Lottery is a heartfelt novel set in a quiet Appalachian town. If you like relatable characters, true-to-life hardships, and unforgettable drama, then you’ll love D. K. Wall’s captivating debut novel.

Thirteen Moons, by Charles Frazier, National Book Award Winner. This magnificent novel by one of America’s finest writers is the epic of one man’s remarkable journey, set in nineteenth-century America against the background of a vanishing people and a rich way of life. At the age of twelve, under the Wind moon, Will is given a horse, a key, and a map, and sent alone into the Indian Nation to run a trading post as a bound boy. An amazing well-spun novel of courage, adventure, and rich cultural history.

Non-Fiction

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover. An unforgettable memoir about the author, a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University. #1 NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, AND BOSTON GLOBE BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW • FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE’S AWARD IN AUTOBIOGRAPHY • FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE’S JOHN LEONARD PRIZE FOR BEST FIRST BOOK • FINALIST FOR THE PEN/JEAN STEIN BOOK AWARD • FINALIST FOR THE LOS ANGELES BOOK PRIZE. This book is worth all your time to read, absorb, and be amazed at the tenacity of this courageous and feisty young woman!

Dare to Lead- Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. by Dr. Brené Brown. #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Brené Brown has taught us what it means to dare greatly, rise strong, and brave the wilderness. Now, based on new research conducted with leaders, change makers, and culture shifters, she’s showing us how to put those ideas into practice so we can step up and lead. Dr. Brown continues to help women, men, boys and girls with her research and insights. Her books remain strongly on the non-fiction best-sellers year after year.

The Five Love Languages-the Secret to Love That Lasts, by Gary Chapman. Now celebrating its 25th anniversary! Over 11 million copies sold – #1 New York Times Bestseller for 8 years running.  Why – this book changes lives! Falling in love is easy. Staying in love—that’s the challenge. How can you keep your relationship fresh and growing amid the demands, conflicts, and just plain boredom of everyday life? In this best-seller, you’ll discover the secret that has transformed millions of relationships worldwide. Whether your relationship is flourishing or failing, Dr. Gary Chapman’s proven approach to showing and receiving love will help you experience deeper and richer levels of intimacy with your partner—starting today.

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